The Janes

SYNOPSIS

In 1972, police raided an apartment in Chicago where seven women, part of a clandestine network, were arrested and charged. Using code names, fronts, and safe houses the accused built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves Jane. 

Directed by Oscar®-nominee Tia Lessin and Emmy ®-nominee Emma Pildes, HBO’s The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that profited from it, members of Jane risked it all to help women in need.

The Janes is a finalist of Project: Hatched 2022

SYNOPSIS

In 1972, police raided an apartment in Chicago where seven women, part of a clandestine network, were arrested and charged. Using code names, fronts, and safe houses the accused built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves Jane. 

Directed by Oscar®-nominee Tia Lessin and Emmy ®-nominee Emma Pildes, HBO’s The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that profited from it, members of Jane risked it all to help women in need.

The Janes is a finalist of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Portrait of Tia Lessin, she wears a long-sleeve shirt, medium length hair and looks at the cameraThe Janes Director Tia Lessin has been making films for more than 25 years; she was nominated for an Academy® Award for her work as a director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary and the Gotham Independent Film Award. She directed and produced the Chicken & Egg Pictures supported Citizen Koch, which was shortlisted for an Oscar® in 2014. In 2001, Tia received the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast Journalism for her short documentary Behind the Labels. Tia was a producer of Palme d’Or winner Fahrenheit 9/11, Oscar®-winner Bowling for Columbine, and Where to Invade Next and line producer of the Grammy®-winning film No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. Her work in television has earned her two Emmy® nominations and one arrest. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Portrait of Emma Pildes, she has medium length hair, a necklace, a v neck blouse, and her hair is slightly tilted to the left. Emmy®-nominated filmmaker and Director of The JanesEmma Pildes has an extensive background in nonfiction storytelling. As one of Pentimento Productions’ principal producers, Emma produced Spielberg, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, and Very Ralph–all for HBO Documentary Films with premieres at Sundance Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival. Spielberg and Jane Fonda in Five Acts were both nominated for Prime Time Emmy® Awards. At PBS’ American Masters, Emma helped to produce the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning LennoNYC, Emmy® award-winning Inventing David Geffen, as well as American Masters: Billie Jean King.

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Profile portrait of Daniel Arcana, he is looking to his left, has a shirt and a jacket, and short hair.

Daniel Arcana is an independent producer, writer, and creative strategist. In addition to co-developing and co-producing The Janes, Daniel is a consulting producer for Doc Shop Productions, where he co-developed TNT’s American Race documentary series featuring Charles Barkley, the Netflix documentary Series Afflicted and the feature film #UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump

Daniel is also the co-founder of Exopolis, an award-winning creative agency, and motion design studio; best known for the network launch of  Nicktoons and its work for Apple, including the global launches of both the original iPhone and the iPod “colors” campaign.

 

Portrait of Jessica Levin, she has a v neck blouse, a necklac, medium length hair parted in the middle

Emmy® and Peabody award-winning producer Jessica Levin devoted her career to creating high-quality non-fiction films, bringing to each project her seasoned approach to archival material and inventive storytelling. She collaborated with Susan Lacy on the American Masters documentaries Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind, Judy Garland: By Myself, No  Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens, LennoNYC, and Inventing David Geffen. As one of Pentimento’s principal producers, Jessica most recently produced Spielberg, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Very Ralph, and The Janes–all for HBO  Documentary Films and garnering two Emmy® nominations.

 

Powerlands

SYNOPSIS

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a young Navajo filmmaker, investigates the displacement of Indigenous people and the devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. She travels to the La Guajira region in rural Colombia, the Tampakan region of the Philippines, the Tehuantepec Isthmus of Mexico, and the protests at Standing Rock. In each case, she meets Indigenous women leading the struggle against the same corporations that are causing displacement and environmental catastrophe in her own home. Inspired by these women, Ivey Camille brings home the lessons from these struggles to the Navajo Nation.

Powerlands is a finalist of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Portrait of Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso. Ivey looks away from the camera, with braided hair and a t-shirt. In the back there are columns with posters pasted that protest the sale of Native land.Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso is an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker and a Firelight Media Documentary Filmmaker Lab fellow. She started making films at the age of 9, through the Native youth project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13, she made the award-winning fiction film In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based on the true story of her great-great-great-grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film was screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards. Ivey Camille continued to refine her filmmaking craft with a full scholarship at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She later returned home to work on films in her community in the Navajo Nation. At the age of 19, Ivey Camille began to work on Powerlands, her first feature.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Portrait of Jordan Flaherty, he wears a shirt with a tie, and his eyesight is away from the camera. He has short hair.Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has produced dozens of hours of film and television, including for Al Jazeera’s Emmy®, Peabody, and DuPont-award winning program Faultlines; as well as short and long-form documentaries for Democracy Now and teleSUR, reported for The New York Times and Washington Post; and wrote two books based on his reporting. He began his producing career with the independent feature film Chocolate Babies, which was recently added to the Criterion Collection. You can find more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.

Portrait of Emily Faye Ratner, she looks at the camera, has short hair and sleeveless shirt.Emily Faye Ratner is a media maker and lawyer based in New Orleans, whose work focuses on state violence. She has organized with local groups to challenge law enforcement violence, incarceration, occupation and imperialism, working with organizations including Safe Streets/Strong Communities, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, and New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS). She has also co-convened Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, at times serving as Patois’ Festival Director and as a member of its organizing collective. Her criminal defense practice focuses on finding paths to freedom for people sentenced to life in prison, and her civil rights practice focuses on revealing the everyday violence implicit in American policing and incarceration. Emily is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Board of Directors of Junebug Productions.

 

Portrait of Jasiewicz, a photo in a high angle, she has short length hair with fringes, and smiles at the camera.Ewa Jasiewicz is a London-based writer and union organizer. She’s been part of solidarity initiatives on the ground in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan as well as climate justice, anticapitalist and abolitionist movements in the UK, and no border struggles in Poland. Her first book Podpalic Gaze (Raze Gaza) was nominated for the Beata Pawlak Award. She has written for the Guardian, Independent, Al Jazeera, and Le Monde Diplomatique Polish Edition.

Takeover

SYNOPSIS

Takeover explores the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world. They raised the Puerto Rican flag atop the building, and a banner reading “The People’s Hospital”–a nom de guerre still used today. Through archival footage, seamless reenactments, and modern-day interviews, we follow the Young Lords’ resistance against institutions curated by wealth and white supremacy and their fight for the most basic human right: the right to accessible and quality healthcare.

Takeover is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Headshot of Emma Francis-Snyder, she looks directly at the camera, has medium length hair, and frames.Emma Francis-Snyder is a New York-based activist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her directorial debut, Takeover, was shortlisted for an Academy® Award, the IDA Awards, and Cinema Eye Awards. She was chosen as one of Vimeo’s Best New Creators of the year. Takeover is part of the 2021 New York Times OpDoc series. She is an Open Society and Ford Foundation JustFilms grantee. In 2012 Emma, and co-director, Sara Beth Curtis, received the Rosen Fellowship through CUNY Brooklyn College and traveled to Santiago, Chile, and Montreal, Quebec to film the simultaneous student movements. In 2015 she graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies  with the self-designed major, “Social Documentation.” Using film she has explored social issues in a creative and critical manner.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Portrait of Tony Gerber. Tony is in front of a photo call, he wears a jacket, a buttoned shirt, and thick frames. He has short heard, beard, and mustache. He looks directly at the camera and smiles slightly.Tony Gerber is an Emmy® and PGA Award-winning writer, producer, and filmmaker. He is a producer of the film Jane (director: Brett Morgen), about the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. For CNN Films he directed and co-wrote with Meryl Streep, We Will Rise, chronicling former First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa, to raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education. The film won an American Television Academy Honors Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2005, Gerber co-founded NY-based production company Market Road Films with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Nottage and Gerber Executive Produced Unfinished: Deep South, a 10-part podcast for Stitcher investigating an unsolved 1950s lynching, and are currently developing a feature film, Everlasting Yea!, for Amazon Studios.

Mama Has a Mustache

SYNOPSIS

Mama Has a Mustache is a short, quirky, fully animated documentary about gender and family, as seen through children’s eyes. Driven completely by audio interviews of kids ages five to ten, the film uses these sound bytes combined with clip-art and mixed media to explore how children are able to experience and perceive a world outside of the traditional gender binary.

Mama Has a Mustache is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Headshot of Sally Rubin. Sally smiles slightly at the camera and wears a buttoned shirt, a leather jacket, and a necklace. Sally's hair is short and parted to deright.Sally Rubin is a nonbinary, Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Her work includes directorial credits such as Hillbilly, Deep Down, Life on the Line, and The Last Mountain, which have broadcast on Hulu, Independent Lens, and PBS nationally. She has done producing, writing, editing, and consulting for LGBT-themed films such as Wu Tsang’s Wildness and Sam Feder’s Disclosure. Rubin has received grants from the NEH, the NEA, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the MacArthur Foundation, the Perspective Fund, and the Fledgling Fund. Her films have screened at top festivals including the LA Film Festival, DOC NYC, Big Sky, MountainFilm, and the American Documentary Showcase, as well as LGBT-focused festivals such as Outfest and Frameline. A graduate of Stanford’s documentary program, Rubin is a judge for the Emmy® Awards, IDA Documentary Awards, and a proudly out, Queer professor at Chapman University.

 

ABOUT THE IMPACT PRODUCER

Portrait of Nick Kelso. He wears a shirt and looks away from the camera, in the background there is a tree. The portrait is taken in a low angle.Nick Kelso’s work in creative distribution for numerous documentaries has led to dozens of conference presentations, three national PBS broadcasts, hundreds of grassroots partnerships, and collaborations with organizations like Toyota, Target, and the Andrew Weil Foundation. Nick entered film distribution unconventionally, with a background in creative marketing, nonprofit work, music education, and arthouse cinema. He also writes and produces music, and has released work on the LA-based label Hit+Run.

Crossings

SYNOPSIS

In Crossings, a group of international women peacemakers sets out on a risky journey across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean peninsula and its people. Comprised of Nobel Peace Laureates and renowned activists, like Gloria Steinem and Christine Ahn, the intrepid team faces daunting logistical and political challenges as they forge a path with their Korean sisters toward peace and reconciliation.

Crossings is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Headshot of Deann Borshay Liem, she wears a black round neck shirt, thin frames, and short hair. She smiles at the camera.Deann Borshay Liem is a Producer, Director, and Writer of First Person Plural, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, Memory of Forgotten, and Geographies of Kinship (America Reframed, 2022). She served as Executive Producer for AKA Don Bonus, for which she won an Emmy® Award, as well as Kelly Loves Tony, On Coal River, Ishi’s Return, and Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story. She has contributed as a consultant, story editor, and producer on numerous documentary projects including Special Circumstances, Burqa Boxers, Mimi and Dona, and The Apology. The former director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Deann is the recipient of the Women, Peace and Security Fellowship from the San Francisco Film Society for her new film, Crossings, about women peacemakers advocating for peace on the Korean peninsula.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Portrait of Ramsay Liem, he wears a checkered shirt, and thin frames. He smiles at the camera. In the background there is a bookshelf and a painting.Ramsay Liem, executive produced the award-winning film, Memory of Forgotten War, an outgrowth of his program of work on Korean American memories and legacies of the Korean War. He is a professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. His broader interests include the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma and the social and historical contexts of Asian American identity formation. He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories and Legacies of the Korean War and served as project director for the multimedia exhibit Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the ‘Forgotten War’. He is the author of numerous articles on the significance of the Korean War in the lives of Korean Americans and the social and psychological impacts of state-sponsored violence.

Portrait of Sarah Kim, she looks away at the camera, wears a shirt and a hoodie, and a cap. Her hair is short. In the background there are plants.Sarah S. Kim‘s producing credits include the critically acclaimed and award-winning film, I was a Simple Man (starring Steve Iwamoto and Constance Wu), which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is being distributed by Strand Releasing. It is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel alongside her other film August at Akiko’s, directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi, which premiered at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and was listed in The New Yorker’s Best Movies of 2019. She’s produced several international co-productions including a North Korean period feature film called The Other Side of the Mountain, included in the National Korean Film Archive, and the documentary short film 9at38 (available through the Atlantic) about a musician’s efforts to put on a joint concert with North and South Korean musicians along the 38th parallel. She has produced documentaries and fiction films that have played at festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, IndieMemphis Film Festival, IndieLisboa International Film Festival, International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Taipei Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Warsaw International Film Festival, among others. She is a Film Independent Producers Lab fellow and IFP Cannes Producer’s Network fellow.

 

Portrait of Gay Dillingham, she smiles slightly at the camera, has medium length hair, a v neck blouse, and earrings/Gay Dillingham founded two environmental companies and a communications firm, and has directed/produced award-winning films including The WIPP Trail, My Body Belongs to Me, and Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, a tool for making change around the end of life. In 2010, she traveled with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on a peace-keeping mission to North Korea, and in 2015 she was one of the thirty international women to travel to North and South Korea calling for an end to the Korean War. Gay is Chair of the Santa Fe Film & Digital Media Commission and Vice President of WildEarth Guardians.

BEBA

SYNOPSIS

Rebeca “Beba” Huntt undertakes an unflinching exploration of her own identity in the coming-of-age documentary/cinematic memoir BEBA. Reflecting on her childhood and adolescence in New York City as the daughter of a Dominican father and Venezuelan mother,  tough, raw, stubborn, and powerful Beba stares down the curses of her ancestry, probing the psychic wounds she has inherited, while simultaneously embracing the vastness of her multitudes.

BEBA is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Portrait of Rebecca Huntt sat on a chair, crossing her hands on her lap, she wears a crop top and long hair braided in multiple braids.Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina Writer/Director born and raised in New York City. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by NEON in 2022. She premiered her short film 1-800 Lovable at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival and has also screened at the Oaxaca Film Festival (Mexico), The TIDE Film Festival, Athena Film Festival, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and The Fader Magazine. Rebeca was recently included in DOC NYC’s 40 under 40 list and was a participant in The Gotham Documentary Lab. Rebeca is currently represented by UTA.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Portrait of Sofia Geld sat and folding her hands in a table, wearing an embroidered shirt, and smiling slightly at the camera, she has medium long hair.Sofia Geld is a Brazilian producer and director interested in telling personal stories that have the power to ripple through society and create change. Most recently, she produced the feature-length documentary BEBA, (TIFF 2021, Berlinale 2022). Sofia has produced for the celebrated directors Chai Vasarhelyi, Petra Costa, and Kristi Jacobson for platforms like NYTimes Opdocs and Netflix. Sofia has directed and produced several short films, music videos, and installations which have been exhibited internationally. She worked as an impact producer at Skylight Pictures on the feature films Rebel Citizen and Disruption. She directed the monthly human rights themed screening series #RESIST in collaboration with UnionDocs, Skylight, WITNESS, and Remezcla. Sofia received her BA from Bard College and was a 2014 UnionDocs Collaborative Studios fellow and a founding member of the Brazilian Filmmakers Collective. She is a co-founder of the production company Uvaia Filmes.

ABOUT THE IMPACT PRODUCER

Profile picture of Mia Bruno, she has long hair, and thick frames, the background is a textured paperwall.Mia Bruno combines an intricate knowledge of film distribution, impact, and sales with a skill for innovative and effective marketing and audience-building strategies. She works with filmmakers and content creators as a distribution strategist, impact producer, and grassroots marketer, marrying a nuanced understanding of the marketplace with creative campaigns designed to connect meaningfully with audiences. Some of her recent work include Jamila Wignot’s Ailey, Shalini Kantayya’s Coded Bias, and Rebeca Huntt’s BEBA.  Mia has worked with film organizations Cinereach, The Gotham, and DOC NYC, and consults on content strategy for brands like AAA and Meow Wolf.

A Woman on the Outside

SYNOPSIS

After watching nearly every man in her life disappear to prison, Kristal Bush channels that struggle into keeping families connected, both as a social worker and through her van service that transports riders–mostly women–to visit loved ones in faraway prisons. But when her father and brother come home after decades behind bars, Kristal confronts the challenge of rebuilding her family and making a home for her nephew, Nyvae. Interweaving intimate vérité with Kristal’s own archive, A Woman on the Outside is a tender portrait of a family striving to love in the face of a system built to break them.

A Woman on the Outside is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS

Headshot of Lisa Riordan Seville, a woman with medium length hair, smiling and looking at the camera.Lisa Riordan Seville is an award-winning reporter and independent filmmaker whose stories explore how money, power, and policy shape the lives of everyday people. Her investigative and enterprise work has appeared across NBC News platforms, on BuzzFeed News, The Guardian US, Lifetime/A+E Networks, and WNYC Radio. Lisa’s work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, a Hillman Prize, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. In 2021, she wrote a cover story for New York Magazine about the deaths of 15 men in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex.

 

Portrait of Zara Katz, a woman with medium hair, wearing a black shirt with a necklace and looking to the left away from the camera.

Zara Katz is a filmmaker and photo producer for editorial, documentary, and branded content, specializing in crafting character-driven visual stories. Katz is currently Photography Director at NBC News and has worked with media outlets including The New York Times Lens blog, Time magazine, Medium, The Guardian US, Pop-Up Magazine, and Lifetime/A+E Networks. She was the Senior Photography Producer on Project #ShowUs, a Getty Images/Dove campaign, in which more than 100 women and nonbinary photographers participated. The campaign won the Silver Glass Lion at Cannes 2019. 

In 2014, Katz and Riordan Seville co-created Everyday Incarceration, an Instagram account featuring visual stories of 40 years of mass incarceration. Their work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photoville, and FOTODOKS, and was featured on The New York Times’ Instagram account. A Woman on the Outside is their first feature documentary.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Portrait of Kiara C. Jones, a woman looking to the right, away from the camera, with curly medium hair, wearing a no-sleeve tank, a long necklace and round big earrings.Kiara C. Jones is an award-winning producer, director, writer, and proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC, a New York-based production company that champions diverse storytelling and focuses on creating sustainable financial models for independent filmmakers. Kiara’s filmmaking has been widely celebrated including an Independent Spirit Award nomination for producing Anja Marquardt’s She’s Lost Control and The Directors Guild of America Grand Jury Award for her debut feature Christmas Wedding Baby. Kiara produced the 2019 Sundance premiere Premature, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, and has been an IFP/Blackhouse Producing fellow, a Trans Atlantic Partners International Co-Production Symposium fellow, a 2019BRIO Award winner, and an inaugural fellow of the WGA-E Inclusive Screenwriters Workshop mentored by Scott Frank.

Any Given Day

SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three formerly incarcerated Chicagoans–Angela, Dimitar, and Daniel–as they manage their respective mental illnesses while searching for stability in their families, friendships, jobs, and housing. Over the course of five years, while documenting their rarely seen struggles, Byrne faces her own challenges and reckons with her own history of mental illness. Any Given Day intimately captures the hard-fought triumphs and struggles of living at the intersection of mental illness, poverty, and addiction, providing deeply personal insight into the necessity of caring relationships, especially when life is at its most difficult.  

Any Given Day is a participant of Project: Hatched 2022.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Headshot of Margaret Byrne. A woman looking at the camera with long hair parted in the middle and slightly smiling at the camera.Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Byrne directed and produced Any Given Day (America Reframed, 2022) and Raising Bertie (POV, 2017). She is in the production of Corruption Capital, a series that follows a retired homicide detective and dozens of men that were allegedly framed for murder. She has worked as a cinematographer on over a dozen films including Surge (2020), Generation Wealth (2018), and American Promise (2014). She is the founder of Beti Films, a film collective based in Chicago.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER & IMPACT PRODUCER

Headshot of Margaret Byrne, a woman looking at the camera with short curly hair, wearing a pull-over.Latesha Dickerson, Producer/Impact Producer, is an independent filmmaker currently working on her first documentary project Teaching While Black, which explores the lives of Black teachers in Chicago’s public schools. She is a Kartemquin Films’ 2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow and a Kartemquin Films’ 2019 Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund and Emerging Storyteller Fund grantee. She served as an impact coordinator for the short documentary ‘63 Boycott (Kartemquin Films). Latesha is a former educator with over twenty years of experience working in and with Chicago’s public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Chicago State University and a Master’s of Education in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Wife Of

The Wife Of is a participant of the 2022 (Egg)celerator Lab.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

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Volia Chajkouskaya is a founder and program director of the Northern Lights Nordic Baltic Film Festival in Belarus. Since 2019 Volia has been working in the Estonian production company Allfilm. She is a voting member of the European Film Academy. Volia is a graduate of Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival’s Emerging Producers 2018. She has a master’s degree in directing and producing a documentary film in the Baltic Film, and Media School (Tallinn, Estonia). 

Volia launched Volia Films (Estonia / Belarus) production company in 2016. Volia Films produced the feature length documentary The Road Movie (dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov) in 2016, had its world premiere at IDFA First Appearance Competition, was screened at more than 80 festivals, and in 2018 was distributed in the US. Volia produced the documentary My Granny From Mars (dir. Alexandr Mihalkovich) 2018, which was world premiered at Jihlava IDFF. She co-produced Pure art (dir. Maksim Shved) 2019, which premiered at the Krakow Film Festival. Currently Volia has several films on different production stages. 

Common Language, Volia’s debut short film as a director, was selected for Jihlava IDFF 2020, Cleveland IFF 2021, and Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021. My idea of myself is Volia’s second short film as a director. The Wife Of is Volia’s feature length directorial debut film.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Portrait of a man wearing a hat standing in an open field, he wears a jacket and looks seriously at the cameraIvo Felt is a producer, sound designer, and co-founder of Estonian production company Allfilm. Ivo’s productions include Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines, nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, as well as Klaus Härö’s The Fencer, nominated for a Golden Globe. Ivo is also teaching at the Baltic Film, and Media School, and the Estonian Art Academy. 

Ivo was a line producer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, co-producer of Carl Olsson’s Meanwhile on Earth, producer of Tanel Toom’s Truth and Justice, among others.

 

 

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Christian Popp is a former commissioning editor at ARTE. He commissioned more than 30 documentaries, numerous themed evenings, and live broadcasting shows. He became a producer in 2005 for interscience film, and DOCDAYS Productions, before confounding YUZU Productions. His productions have premiered at Sundance, IDFA, and Cannes Film Festival.

His work as producer includes Russia vs. Russia, Time Thieves, Becoming Cary Grant, among others.

 

 

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Marius Markevicius is an award-winning filmmaker and President of Sorrento Productions, based in Los Angeles. Marius directed and produced Ashes in the Snow, the film adaptation of The New York Times best-selling novel Between Shades of Gray. He directed the documentary feature film The Other Dream Team, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012. Marius co-produced Drake Doremu’s Like-Crazy.

TATA

SYNOPSIS

A journalist estranged from her violent father discovers that he’s become a victim of exploitation at work. When she agrees to help him expose the injustice, it reopens the wounds of their past.

TATA is a participant of the 2022 (Egg)celerator Lab.

ABOUT THE CO-DIRECTOR

Portrait of a woman wearing a short sleeve shirt and looking directly at the cameraLina Vdovîi is an award-winning independent reporter from Moldova, based in Romania. Lina is experienced in investigative and narrative journalism, and new media. Her articles have been published in major national and international outlets, and her work has been nominated for the European Press Prize. Lina started her filmmaking career producing news and documentaries for the national German television broadcaster ZDF. She was the screenwriter for the feature documentary Acasa, My Home. TATA, will be her directing debut.

 

ABOUT THE CO-DIRECTOR

Portrait of a man with short hair and his head tilted to the right, he wears t-shirt under a shirt, the background is an open air forest landscapeRadu Ciorniciuc is a Romanian film director, cinematographer, and investigative journalist. Radu’s debut feature documentary film, Acasa, My Home, won the World Cinema Documentary Competition Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival 2020.
He co-founded the first independent media organization in Romania; Casa Jurnalistului, a community of reporters specializing in in-depth, long-form, and multimedia reporting. Since then, Radu has worked as a long-form writer and undercover investigative reporter. His research is focused on human rights, animal welfare, and environmental issues across the globe.

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Portrait of a woman facing the camera, she wears a short sleeve shirt, and has medium wavy hair, there is a flare on the upper right side cornerMonica Lăzurean-Gorgan is a Romanian producer and director, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Monica produced Acasa, My Home by Radu Ciorniciuc, winner of the World Cinema Documentary Competition Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival 2020 and other 40 international awards, she was a delegate producer for Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie and co-producer for Chuck Norris vs Communism by Ilinca Calugareanu. Monica is the director of feature length documentaries such as A Mere Breath, winner of Best Doc in Sarajevo IFF, Best Doc in CEE Vienna IFF and co-director of Wood, premiered at HotDocs and CPH:Dox 2020.